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Old 01-19-2014, 07:45 AM   #1
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2014 Berkshire Big Adventure -- May 17 & 18 -- AMA National Two Day Event

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Berkshire Big Adventure
AMA National 2 Day Adventure Ride
May 17 & 18, 2014


2014 Berkshire Big Adventure will be a two day event that is part of the AMA National Adventure Ride Series.
The BBA will be held on May 17 and 18 in Tolland, MA.
This is our 10th annual May event.

Join us for "Vince's Ride" and help make this our best adventure ride and dual sport yet."


This ride will continue the tradition of a main route designed for adventure bikes with optional hero sections for dual sport bikes. Please note that this ride is designed for Adventure bikes (i.e. GS 800, KTM 990, etc) and Dual Sport thumpers (i.e. DR 650, DRZ 400, WR250R, etc). This ride is not for 2 stroke enduro bikes. Two day main route is a big bike friendly tour of scenic dirt roads and country roads. There are optional hero sections made up of rough woods roads for properly equipped bikes.

Clark’s Farm, 1034 Burt Hill Road, Tolland, MA 01034
(arrowed from route 57)
42.063026, -73.036225

There will be primitive camping at the start area. No charge for camping. Come Friday afternoon and camp the weekend.


More event details will be posted in the coming weeks.







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Old 01-19-2014, 07:54 AM   #2
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Go here for online registration
==> http://www.mudslinger.org/national-adventure/index.html

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NOTE:
AMA membership suggested and available at sign up ... but not required this year.

If you don't have an AMA membership then we will ask that you make an extra donation ($5 suggested) for our charities.

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CT Motels/Hotels Listed Closest First

Quality Inn
395 Winsted Rd.
Torrington, CT 06790
860-496-8808

Super 8 Motel
492 E. Main St.
Torrington, CT 06790
860-496-0811


MA Motels/Hotels Listed Closest First


Super 8 Motel
170 Housatonic St. (Rte. 20)
Lee, MA 01238
413-243-0143

Sunset Motel (economy)
150 Housatonic St. (Rte. 20)
Lee, MA 01238
413-243-0302

Best Value Inn (economy)
900 Pleasant St. (Rte 102)
Lee, MA 01238
413-243-0501

Rodeway Inn (economy)
200 Laurel St. (Rte. 20)
Lee, MA 01238
413-243-0813

Best Western/Black Swan Inn (upscale)
Laurel St (Rte. 20) @ Laurel Lake
Lee, MA 01238
413-243-2700

Econo-Lodge
130 Pittsfield Rd. (Rtes. 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
413-637-4244

Days Inn
194 Pittsfield Rd. (Rtes. 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
413-637-3560

The Yankee Inn (upscale)
461 Pittsfield Rd. (Rtes. 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
413-499-3700

Howard Johnson Express Inn
462 Pittsfield Rd. (Rtes. 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
413-442-4000
800-446-4656

Mayflower Motor Inn (economy)
474 Pittsfield Rd. (Rtes. 7 & 20)
Lenox, MA 01240
413-443-4468


Massachusetts State Campgrounds


http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/toll.htm
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/gran.htm
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/octm.htm
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/bear.htm

Private Campgrounds


White Pines Campground
232 Old North Rd.
Winsted, CT 06098
860-379-0124
800-622-6614

Camp Overflow
PO 645
Otis, MA 01253
413-269-4036

Prospect Mountain Campground
PO Box 323
1349 Main Rd. (Rte. 57)
Granville, MA 01034
888-550-4762
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:48 AM   #3
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:10 AM   #4
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One weekend before Roaming Rally. Great timing, this will be the warm up ride.

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Old 01-20-2014, 12:29 PM   #5
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Maybe?

I might be in for this. Would be a whole family thing in that case -- wife, and young'uns (9 & 10 y/o by May).

Questions:

* It says "primitive camping." Is there a nearby option for city folks with spoiled kids and a love of Lattes?

* If we weren't gonna participate in the "big bike" ride, are there other trails laid out around where I could ride with the kids?

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Old 01-20-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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I might be in for this. Would be a whole family thing in that case -- wife, and young'uns (9 & 10 y/o by May).

Questions:

* It says "primitive camping." Is there a nearby option for city folks with spoiled kids and a love of Lattes? http://www.prospectmtncampground.com/

* If we weren't gonna participate in the "big bike" ride, are there other trails laid out around where I could ride with the kids?
Not at the above campground. At the primitive camping area, there is a trail across the street that is difficult to say the least. We don't encourage folks to bring kids who are not riding as passengers to hang around and/or to ride at the primitive camping area. Prospect Mountain Campground has things for kids to do with adult supervision.

And only street registered bikes are allowed for this event.

Due to Massachusetts' ORV laws, all non-street registered bikes have to have ORV stickers and kids have to take a class. Because we partner with the local fire department for this ride, we don't allow any riding on or around the camping site with unregistered bikes. Some of the firemen play dual roles in this small town. A few are also the po-po.

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Old 01-20-2014, 04:45 PM   #7
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NOTE: AMA membership suggested and available at sign up ... but not required this year.

If you don't have an AMA membership then we will ask that you make an extra donation ($5 suggested) for our charities.
Great to hear. No problem for the extra donation. Wish others could do the same.
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:29 AM   #9
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The BBA page is now up on our web site.

This is where you will be able to register for the event.

Will let you all know when registration is open.

http://mudslinger.org/national-adventure/
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Is this ride doable with a passenger?
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Is this ride doable with a passenger?
Yes, for sure the main route is doable with a passenger. We had several last year.
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Old 01-21-2014, 02:23 PM   #12
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Is this ride doable with a passenger?
In 2010 I did it 2-up on wee strom leading a group of a few proper dual sport bikes and one 1200GS. It's doable! There was a Gold Wing two up as well but I'm not sure was it bravery or stupidity on their part. That ride had to leave scratches and dents on the bottom of the wing
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* If we weren't gonna participate in the "big bike" ride, are there other trails laid out around where I could ride with the kids?
Hi, Just following up here ... unfortunately our insurance doesn't allow for any non-entrant riding at the start area or any roads/woods roads/trails associated with this event. In plain terms ... "No riding except entrants" and that also means no pit bikes.

Mass is a tough place to ride with kids these days. You would need to find private land where you know the landowner and get their permission or go to a sanctioned event for kids (ie Pee Wee HS or Jr Enduros or Family Rides) put on by motorcycle clubs.

Sorry, I remember riding with my Dad and all the land access we had in the good old days.
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Sounds like a great ride, I am hoping to make it. How far is Prospect Mt. Campground from the event?
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Sounds like a great ride, I am hoping to make it. How far is Prospect Mt. Campground from the event?
6 miles.

http://www.prospectmtncampground.com/
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